Shell building 3 industrial site city of shelby

City of Shelby, NC

Shell Building 3 Industrial Site

McGill was selected to provide civil engineering, surveying, and environmental permitting services for the new Shell Building 3 industrial site to provide a new, 100,000-square-foot shell building for the City of Shelby. The project also consisted of master planning for future expansion of the currently proposed shell building as well as rough grading for an additional future site for another shell building. McGill will provide the following services for an all-inclusive, turnkey sitework package for construction: sewer main extension, domestic water and fire line extensions, mass grading, erosion control, stormwater treatment and detention, sidewalks, parking lots, and landscaping design.

City of shelby north carolina

The Challenge

Due to the size of the parcel, the City of Shelby tasked McGill with maximizing the building areas to create a 100,000-square-foot shell building with 100,000-square-foot expansion area, along with a separate building of similar size on the northern most portion. Stream and wetland impacts needed to be minimized to allow for an aggressive permitting schedule, along with optimizing the earthwork to avoid export or import of soil to keep the project on budget.

Our Solution

Utilizing Civil3D grading tools and surface comparisons, McGill was able to efficiently iterate various layouts and finished floor elevations for earthwork balance. Our survey team utilized drone footage to obtain topographic survey information to confirm that grading limits avoided wetlands as well as identify any discrepancies from proposed grading that the contractor would need to correct prior to final acceptance by the City of Shelby.

The Results

The City of Shelby was able to attract Steffes, LLC, a lean-operating original equipment manufacturer headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota. The company acquired the Industrial Shell Building #3, expanding their services to the southeast and therefore creating 130 new jobs and investing nearly $21 million in Cleveland County.

McGill has been extremely fortunate to partner with the City of Shelby on numerous industrial shell building projects over the years. Seeing how quickly Steffes came on board after the project was complete is just another example how our team can truly impact communities. It is easily one of the most rewarding projects of my career.

  • Scott Burwell, PE
    Senior Project Manager, McGill

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Plato Lee Industrial Road

Our survey team captured high-resolution orthophotos with drones as part of this project. This photo shows the project under construction with Plato Lee Road leading to the new site.



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Project Services Included:

  • Surveying
  • Stream / Wetland Delineation
  • Master Planning
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Permitting
  • Bidding
  • Construction Observation
  • Closeout
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